Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina 2010

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Wine.com, $25.99

Total Wine & More, $19.99


Aaron:  A wet oak nose reminded me of what old-world wines should smell like.  This was rounded out with a somewhat thin tar and blueberry.  The flavor was pretty dry with moderate tannins.  Tree bark and earthy notes dominated with a hint of strawberry encompassing the backdrop.  89 points

Teri: Oaky blueberries on the nose and an overall hearty wine but easy drinking. Medium and noticeable tannins with flavors of juniper berries, tannic raspberries, and white pepper. Hearty, flavorful and better with food. This bottle would stand up to heavy meals. 89 points 

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DaVinci Chianti 2009

Cost Plus World Market, 12.99
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Aaron:  This was my first Chianti and I was very excited to enjoy it with a nice pasta dish.  The smell was tight with strawberries, raspberries and nuts fighting for dominance, however the flavor was full and mellow with a medium body.  I found it difficult to point to a particular taste but it had a great finish which was not too harsh and relinquished like velvet.  89 points

Teri: I really enjoy a great glass of Chianti now and again. Da Vinci’s carries a spicy nose with smooth characteristics from start to finish. The medium body red carried flavors of cranberry, raspberry, and plum with long slow legs and a hint of spice on the finish. The flavors do not come on strong and overall the wine sits very light on the palate. 88 points